(AP Photo. Here at The Nationals Enquirer, we completely ignored the entire Aroldis Chapman storyline this offseason, figuring it wasn't worth our time because, well, he was going to land anywhere but Washington. In fact, we can't even tell you which guy wearing the C cap in the photo above is Chapman. Is it the older, dumpy looking guy on the right? Funny, he doesn't look 21.)
"Well, at the end, it came down to money, but we went pretty hard. We made a very, very attractive offer. It wasn't quite like what the final offer was apparently, but we were very aggressive ... for a kid who has not yet thrown a pitch [in the United States]."
(Stan Kasten, via Nationals.com, 1/11/2010)
Just Don't Blame Ted Lerner!
Mike Rizzo to Nats fans: Don't call Ted Lerner a cheapskate and/or blame the Lerner Family for falling short in the Chapman Sweepstakes. Thank you:
"We had the second-highest offer on the table... We thought it was first. ...At a certain price point, the risk-reward wasn't worth it. We went up to a price point I was comfortable with, and at the end of the day we fell a bit short."
(Mike Rizzo, via Nationals Journal, 1/11/2010)
Well, because we ignored this little storyline completely over the course of the offseason, I guess we probably shouldn't complain that the Nats didn't step up and outbid the Reds (!?) for the services of the 29 21 year old (*wink* *wink*) flamethrowing Chapman. But...we'll go with the Nats Triple Play answer to the question: "should the Nats have shelled out $30M for a Chapman lottery ticket?"
Yes. And only partly because it's not my money.